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Episode Info: This is a slightly different episode of The East Africa Business Podcast where  we'll be covering a thesis around development. When you consider how countries and societies have spurred economic growth it has all happened through urbanisation. Streams of people moving from rural livelihoods to populate cities where they  would find a better life and more opportunities. Underpinning all this was energy. Opportunities and wealth are a function of economic productivity and in order to produce more, power is needed to run, say, factories. Historically this has been generated centrally, in a power station and sent out via the grid. This has favoured a society built around these central sources of power and hence led to the rise and growth of cities. Azuri Technologies, however believes that this same path does not need to be taken in Africa In this episode Conrad Whitaker and I discuss macro trends around the continent's development,how off-grid solar can change the paradigm for migration patterns and ultimately what their view of the future is with the distributed economy. I'd love to hear any feedback you have for this episode. I certainly found it to be one of the most thought-provoking interviews done to date. (hence why it goes on for a little longer) Show notes at http://samfloy.com/podcast/distributed-economy-an-alternative-development-thesis-with-conrad-whitaker-from-azuri-technologies/Read more »

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